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Bucket List Dreams- Wynwood Walls

Miami's Infectious Art Scene-

Wynwood Walls

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Miami’s art scene, Wynwood Walls, is completely arresting. It proves to be difficult for one to fathom just how massive the Wynwood Walls are. Wynwood Walls is an entire art district encompassing the whole neighborhood! Wynwood Walls, located in the old industrial warehouse district, is an open-air urban concrete jungle, or graffiti park, with colorful, diverse walls which showcase tremendous displays of labor and love from some of the most talented artists far and wide.

 

Outdoor Museum

The art on the warehouse buildings in Wynwood Walls is splattered on just about every inch of the district. The artsy displays are vibrant and electrifying. You will soon discover that there are more and more art pieces as you explore deeper. This art district has to be one of the coolest spots in Miami! My time was splintered between the massive outdoor graffiti park and the eclectic indoor art museum featuring paintings and other art mediums.

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Indoor museum

I was here for the Fearless exhibit which featured new work from over ten artists. I fell in love with the Arabian art. My favorite pieces were the Arabian Nights and Japanese Geishas. The art pieces evoke emotion and are mesmerizing. There is a lot of canvas prints for purchase inside the art rooms.

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Street Art

It’s easy to spend the entire day at the walls, and I could have easily spent additional time exploring more of the incredible artistic creations. You can get some fascinating images here, and there are plenty of opportunities for photo-ops. There are also various art galleries, barrooms, and boutiques in the area. They have several spots to get a bite to eat, plus ice cream trucks and fruit stands. You should grab yourself a fresh cut pineapple or coconut and with a fancy umbrella straw in it and get to exploring.

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This place is definitely a sensory overload but in a good way. One of my favorite outdoor murals is the Asian wall art depicting the 10,000 Buddha’s. I love the art scene at Wynwood Walls, and in actuality, I  love all graffiti parks- check out my previous post on Hope Graffiti Park. 

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Almost every inch of the Wynwood area is covered in graffiti, wall murals, and street art. I saw the most fascinating pieces of art that genuinely evoked emotions-laughter, awe, joy, contemplation, compassion, sorrow, and understanding. This place makes you feel something! The walls completely surpassed my expectations. If you don’t visit the walls, you will do yourself a great disservice, because this place begs to be explored and enjoyed.

 

And my bucket list dreams just keep coming true!

With All My Love,
The Vintage Gypsy

She never looked nice. She looked like art, and art wasn’t supposed to look nice; it was supposed to make you feel something.”

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Bucket List Dreams: Hope Graffiti Park

 

The Graffiti Park

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The Hope Outdoor Gallery, also known as Graffiti Park at Castle Hills, also known as Baylor Street Art Wall, is an incredible 3-4 multi-level tier display of murals, graffiti, wall art, and street art. Austin’s Graffiti Park is an explosion of talented graffiti artists faithfully creating and recreating mind-blowing and jaw-dropping street art.

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Throughout the day you can see artists hard at work creating murals and masterpieces before your very eyes. Many of the artists dedicate their time and talents to bring even more beauty and animation to Austin. The wall paintings are lively and full of character. The murals tell vivid stories to visitors and express the artist’s raw emotions, range and personality.

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The artists showcase new work on a daily basis. You likely will not see the graffiti park look the same twice. The talent and creativity portrayed by each artist are manifold. The paintings and stories are widespread and ever-changing. Oftentimes you can converse with the artists while they are creating their newest art piece, and they will share with you their inspiration for the mural.

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The Graffiti Park overlooks downtown Austin. We were here for dusk and got to see the sunset over downtown Austin and the Grafitti Park. Please note, parking is slim to none. We lucked up and caught street parking, but that took time and a great deal of patience. It is a tight fit in this area and there is literally no place to park that doesn’t have no parking signs. Be prepared to wait it out, go round in circles, and possibly walk a ways back once you do.

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The Graffiti Park was packed with people. Some were painting the walls with spray cans and others hanging out all along the different tiers. You can bring your own spray paint and add your mark or be like me and find a can lying around on the ground. Just be mindful of the existing work that other artists have labored perfecting their crafts.

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You may want to do some light stretching if you plan to make it all the way to the top. I believe I did some climbing and hiking and a lot of sliding back down. I’d suggest you also wear boots or tennis shoes because you’re on your own as far as getting around.

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I explored each tier and I was fascinated by the attention to detail and professionalism on most things. There are some things not as professional and fall along the lines of tagging. Some of the art is pretty raw and others are more refined. I find art in everything so I still could appreciate even these pieces.

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The Graffiti Park is a pretty hip spot to be. It is hipster-inspired and so very Austin. There are tables set up with some artists selling work. Some of the artists have their boom boxes and are just jamming out spreading good vibes all around.

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There are some massive pieces that really left me breathless. I truly love art that evokes emotions and tells stories. It was great to see so many artists here working on their crafts. We got some incredible sunset photographs. The backdrops at the park are amazing. There are so many colors here it’s just terrific! The views from the varying look out points are stunning as you can see Austin in all its glory.

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Before heading out we got to talk with one of the artists who had just completed his masterpiece that day. It was the story of the woman in the sky who was deeply in love with the man of the mountains. She left the heavens to find her one true love on the earth. He didn’t need to explain it though. The art spoke for itself and told me it’s story. The piece was deeply moving.

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The views from the bottom of the park are inspiring and the views once making it to the top are just tremendous!

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And my bucket list dreams just keep coming true!

With All My love,
The Vintage Gypsy

“She never looked nice. She looked like art, and art wasn’t supposed to look nice; it was supposed to make you feel something.”

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With Love, From Dallas

Explore & Discover: Dallas, Texas

Dallas is a vibrant city set against a magnificent skyline. The diversity of Dallas embraces both the country and city life of The Lone Star State. There is a multitude of iconic places for history buffs and art lovers alike. The rich history and pride of Dallas are evident in many neighborhoods across the city. There are ongoing preservation and revitalization projects that consistently drive more visitors to continue to explore and discover Dallas.

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Downtown Dallas:

The massive skyscrapers that tower over the city of Dallas are some of the best cityscapes I have seen. Dallas is home to 30+ high-rises that range from 350- 921 ft. In fact, the Dallas skyline has been rated as the best skyline in the world! The buildings in downtown Dallas are tremendous in height and grandeur. Dallas by night, all lit up and flashy, is very impressive.

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Reunion Tower:

The Reunion Tower is for observation of the Dallas cityscapes. Reunion Tower is one of the most notable landmarks in Dallas. Reunion Tower offers visitors an interactive digital experience, viewing deck, and spectacular 360-degree panoramic views. There is also an event space, restaurants, and gift shop inside.

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Thanksgiving Square:

Thanksgiving Square is a beautiful white marble spiral structure that reaches 90 ft. into the deep blue Dallas sky. The spiral design symbolizes in ancient cultures the spiral of life. The concept is centered around the belief that our human spirit also reaches infinitely skyward. Thanksgiving Square has a spiritual center, The Chapel of Thanksgiving. The walkway entering the sacred space is also a spiral symbolizing the infinity of life and the heavens. When exiting the chapel you walk down the spiral bringing you back in touch with the world once more.

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Art Districts:
Dallas has two prominent art neighborhoods: Deep Ellum and Bishop Arts District.

Deep Ellum puts the quirk in quirky- I love it. I couldn’t come to the Dallas area and not check out the art scene- which is basically my sole purpose for traveling. The Deep Ellum neighborhood is definitely something I’m glad I didn’t miss. Being a full time explorer of all things interesting this was right up my alley. I really found the art and industrial scene to be fascinating. I love finding dirty and beautiful things to photograph.

They had some really cool iconic architecture and sculptures that took a little while to actually locate, but I was determined to find them. I even found plenty of hidden gems as well. They have a incredible amount of street art including graffiti work and wall murals. You want to check out Deep Ellum when your in the Dallas area! They have lots of engaging visual art pieces, unique eateries and shops.

Bishop Arts District is the former warehouse district of Dallas. Bishop Arts District is a hip and trendy area in the Oak Cliff neighborhood. Bishop Arts district is renowned for its art scene, boutique shopping, charming cafes and live entertainment venues.

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Deep Ellum neighborhood is the urban warehouse district of Dallas. Deep Ellum is famed for its live music venues and art scene. Deep Ellum offers restaurants, nightclubs, bars, cafes, and gastropubs

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Deep Ellum showcases a large variety of street art, graffiti and wall murals. The wall art expands across the entire neighborhood. Deep Ellum is known for its vibrant and eclectic street art and entertainment venues.

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In Deep Ellum, you can see grand steel and iron sculptures and structures. The Traveling Man robots placed throughout Deep Ellum are to signify and pay homage to the past railway systems of the neighborhood. The artistic design of Deep Ellum is the industrial scene.

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Bishop Arts District Bishop Arts District showcases eclectic coffee spots, foodie spots, vintage clothing, antique stores and more. Taking a stroll through the neighborhood is a great way to take in all of the various art displays and murals.

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The Bishop Arts District is vibrant and lively. I love chasing street art so this neighborhood is my cup of tea. I was enamored with all of the bungalows and charming characteristics of this old neighborhood. I also loved the indie atmosphere of The Bishop Arts District.DSC_0513.jpgDSC_0499.jpg

And my bucket list dreams just keep coming true!

With All My Love,
The Vintage Gypsy

“I am a museum full of art.” – Rupi Kaur